Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson claims his stage three tongue cancer from the sexually transmitted HPV virus.
The 57-year-old made the statement on the Opie Radio show this week, basically saying the same thing Michael Douglas said previously.
Dickinson said, “Everybody went ‘Ha ha ha ha’ [about Michael Douglas] , but in actual fact, the thing about the HPV virus is people don’t know a great deal about it”.
In June 2013, Michael Douglas claimed that he got throat cancer (which he later disclosed was tongue cancer) after engaging in oral sex.
Web MD does state that oral sex can expose individuals to the human papilloma virus, which can cause cancer.
Douglas’ publicist later told CNN that the Wall Street star did not blame HPV solely for his cancer and that being a smoker and a drinker were most likely causes as well.
Dickinson had a tumor the size of a golf gall on his tongue and another in the lymph node on the right side of his neck.
But during his appearance on the Opie show on Tuesday, he said doctors gave him the all-clear after undergoing chemotherapy.
Dickinson told interviewer Jim Norton, “I ignored what I thought I had, or what I thought I possibly might have, cause I was still finishing the album.
“I thought, ‘I’ll get the album done and then I’ll go see the doctor. I had a lump in the side of my neck – kind of like when you get a cold.”
The musician is promoting Iron Maiden’s new album The Book of Souls, which came out in late August.
He will not tour with the band until next year when he is recovered completely.
Bruce has three children with his second wife, Paddy Bowden: Austin, 25, Griffin, 23,, and Kia, 11.
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